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Ashford is an outstanding school.
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Degree: Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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As an active duty military student you can't find a more military friendly school. My tuition assistance covers everything and Ashford supplies books and lab kits for free. The curriculum is challenging and engaging. My instructors have all been knowledgeable subject matter experts. Ashford accepted all my military credits and classes I have taken in the past. Ashford is an excellent school.

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sherkisha - about 1 month ago

Did you receive a federal Pell Grant back

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Kari - 25 days ago

Many of the posts about Ashford are ironic. Students are complaining that Ashford sucks, which it does in terms of quality, but the students posting reviews have graduated and can barely form a coherent sentence!

"Ashford took my money and didn't want to give it to me when I asked why it was so much and why did tuition go up and they said don't worry well fix it but they didn't." Yeah, real college material right there. Be grateful a for-profit school like Ashford exists to circumvent social Darwinism for some of you morons.

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Degree: Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
Graduation Year: 2017
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First off, I am a National Guard veteran. When I spoke with an advisor, they took this into consideration and were very excited to tell me about their veteran discounts and what they have to offer. I have taken 6 courses so far and I have noticed a lot of my classmates are also veterans or currently in the military. I started with Ashford in the beginning of summer 2014. So far my cons I have with the school are: 1. They first told me I had all the paperwork, and then they told me there was missing paper work. Not a big deal to redo some if it, but it was annoying. 2. Instructors are VERY less than helpful. I e-mail when I have issues, concerns, or flat out confused and they just tell me to go to the Ashford writing center. Even when my question had nothing to do with writing, I was asking for clarification on an assignment. 3. The amount of essays, discussion topics, and everything else they cram into 5 weeks in insane! I can hardly keep up with it and my GPA can speak for that. 4. First week of my most recent class I had to create a layout already for the week 5 final essay, do my intro, discussion topics, and a quiz on top of all of it. I understand it's a school and you have assignments and discussion topics count towards attendance, but wow! That first week felt like an overload. How is a person supposed to make a final essay outline in the first week of class if we have no knowledge so far of everything we are to learn? 5. They really need to implement more breaks, such as spring breaks or at least a week or two in the summer. It's nice have a couple of days during Thanksgiving and two weeks during Christmas, but I feel I will get burned out with everything being back to back, nonstop and no breaks again until the end of the year. 6. The instructor’s reviews of submitted assignments are so vague. For example my thesis statement was considered "awkward” by my instructor. Can I take that moment to be the instructor and ask questions such as "What about this thesis statement makes it awkward?" Pros: 1. Having one class at a time to concentrate on is nice. 2. I didn't have to take an accuplacer, which I think is a good thing?? 3. The online class is quite simple to navigate. 4. Online school is convenient since I work part-time and the local tech school class hours clash with my work hours. Those are about the only four I can think of at the moment. I honestly feel like I am not getting the education I deserve with how fast they fly through these classes. I want to know that I WORKED for my education and degree and not just fly through a bunch of classes and end up with a degree with no knowledge to back it up. I think I might end up going to a brick and mortar school because I learn better in a face to face setting.

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Colin - about 1 month ago

You know, you can submit a break request at any time during the year if you feel burned out.

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Katey M - about 1 month ago

I have always been able to get the information I need. The ask instructor message board has always worked for me. The amount of work they"cram" in...it is a five week class it has to be intense to cover all of the information. College should be challenging and I still have a great GPA.

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Pamela - 24 days ago

I have been at Ashford since 2011 and am now working on my Master's in Business Administration. I have also attended the traditional brick and mortar schools before I started at Ashford and I cannot say enough good things about the on-line classes. I am very, intense for lack of a better word, about my grades and am very proud to say that I am in three different academic honor societies and have even been asked if I might like to teach a class. But, I do know people that have had a hard time with on-line classes and have returned to the brick and mortar school. As for breaks, any time I felt I neede a break I just contacted my advisor and filled out the break request form. They were all approved, no problem. Any time I had any questions, I would eithe post on the ask instructor message board, or e-mail them. They always answered my questions within 24 hours. I am sorry that you feel you are not getting the education you expected, especially from Ashford. I am proud to say that now Ashford has partnered with the Forbes School of Business and this prestige looks really good on my degrees. I do agree that each week's work does seem like a lot, but it really is not. If you were to physically go to class it would take time to get ready to go, then you have to drive to the campus, find a parking space and get to class - on time. After class, you would have to drive back home and then start taking care of business at home. Estimated, this could take any where from 2 to 4 hours. Also, if attending a physical school, you would probably have to take more than 1 class at a time, which would put more school work on your plate. Maybe you are just a little overwhelmed and need to take a deep breath and relax. Maybe you would be more comfortable in a traditional classroom. Or, maybe you just need to adjust your daily schedule. Either way, do not let this get in the way of achieving your goal. Learning is supposed to be fun. So just relax before you make any rash decisions and think about how you could improve your present situation. I really enjoy the freedom the on-line classes give me. I can go to class in my underwear if I want to, and I do not have to worry about being late for class :) Good Luck.

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Kristen Henson - 22 days ago

Katey M. works for them and is sabotaging reviews.

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Degree: Behavioral Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015
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I was able to get ahold of someone when I had questions. They were able to answer right away or find someone that could help. I had a great experience.

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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 20213
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In working a full-time position in a non-profit organization, I was able to complete my studies without any feelings of being overwhelmed. Yes the assignments were a challange looking at the syllabus, but once you have devised your study pattern that worked for you, I found it was managable. I think you as a student need to have the determination to take on the task of continuing your education. Yes the tuition fees are higher than some other tuitions you as a person need to be able to make that determination whether the cost of the programs is what you are willing to invest in a career. I experienced death of 2 family members while in school and I was able to take the time that I needed with the direction of my advisor that also allowed me to maintain my attendance requirements for finanacial aid. The program challenged my to devise a plan that worked for me. I would advise students to ask questions and use your judgment as to whether this program would be a beneficial venture for your.

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never go to ashford!!
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Degree: Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Graduation Year: 2016
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I would never recommend this school to anyone just because of the financial aid office!! the instructor's are very good, but I feel like the financial aid office did not apply all my aid to my classes and/or stipend. they are telling me I owe $1071 and I know I had enough aid to take care of my classes!! they also add classes on that are not even scheduled for months later!! I am going to file a report with the doe and let them check into this school!!!

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Katey M - about 1 month ago

I have never had any financial aid issues with Ashford. And Financial aid alone could not cover the entire cost, student loans or cash payment would be needed.

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Kristen Henson - 22 days ago

Katey M. works for Ashford. They were actually audited because of their shady business practices. They did not do well on the audit and were found guilty of retaining financial aid that was not theirs. They are also a for profit school.

And Katey financial aid alone does cover the entire cost a lot of times, please read a book.

This school sucks!!! BEWARE!!
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 0000
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When I disputed grades in 2 classes, nothing was done. I was billed personally for the classes. They were not part of the student loan. They do this to bill you twice for the same class.

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Kat - about 1 month ago

I completely agree with your comment (feel like I got suckered). I also owe for not two, but three classes that I did not pass, as they "held" my Student Loan after my first failing grade. I also filled out Instructor Grievance Forms and Grade Dispute Forms regarding the grades and instructors, however, nothing was done in my case either. Also, the response time from the instructors is unacceptable when one is under a times constraint (5 week classes) and the "tutoring", "input", or "guidance" is non-existent. Now I am having to find another university to attend, as well as having to pay for those classes.

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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I taught for this school for years because the pay was so good, but the students are mostly illiterate. I would start with more than 30 students in a section. This would then be about 15 by the end of the five weeks. Of those fifteen, about 8 would pass. I did teach some of the higher classes, and the students there were stronger. I was also unimpressed with the correspondence with the other instructors who did not even seem to have a background in psychology. I highly doubt the degree is worthwhile to get students the skills or open up doors. The exception might be the student that already has experience, but now their employer is demanding a degree. The majority of the students who will be your classmates are those who are there for the financial aide or because they are disgruntled with another institution . The good news is that if you do the work you will pass. I was let go for expecting students to be able to write a sentence or paragraph at a level that would be acceptable in middle schools.

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Katey M - about 1 month ago

Illiterate students gunning for financial aid benefits do not really make the school a bad school. Obviously there are bad students. I know that the classes I am in always dwindle by the end of a course, but students who are dedicated to their studies seem to handle the work load just fine.

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Stolen Post 911 GI Bill
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Degree: Management Science
Graduation Year: 2015
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This school claims it offers a flexible schedule for the working student. In fact, it doesn't. I am a retired military veteran. This school goes hard after the military, because of the Post-911 GI Bill. The instructors do not operate from the same set of criteria. Some may give you partial credit if you're late with an assignment. Others will fail you if you submit your assignment at 12:01. It was my experience that most of the instructors do not answer your emails, or will answer them too late. If your internet goes down, you may as well consider yourself failed for the week if your work hours do not afford you the opportunity to go to the library during their hours of operation. The reading assignments on some of the courses are pretty long. If the class starts on Tuesday, you're expected to retain what you read in multiple chapters, and then complete 2 assignments and two Discussion Boards, using and citing multiple scholarly sources by Thursday. Then you take the test by Sunday. If you have a paper to write, then you have to research your sources, and go through the process of putting it all together. How can you prepare a draft final paper on your second week of a course, when the final paper covers the entire textbook? Ashford Online could probably work for somebody who has nothing to do but go to school. In that case, I suggest going to a brick and mortar school with live instructors that TEACH. Otherwise, you are teaching yourself if you use Ashford Online.

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Kat - about 1 month ago

You did an excellent job of summing up my experience with Ashford University. I understand they have a curriculum to follow, however, on Tuesday (Day 1), to assign three chapters to read, at LEAST two required reading journal articles, and possibly watch a video or two (at least 30 minutes each), and to complete 2 Discussion Boards and assignments by Thursday (Day 3) is a bit much. I would think that they could "spread the assignments out" throughout the week. Doing all of this while working 50+ hours/week at my job (and I am not able to do homework at my place of employment), do the instructors think that we just sit around doing nothing during the day?!?!?

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Katey M. - about 1 month ago

I have managed to work full time and juggle 8 kids and a boyfriend and still get my studies done. I will admit it is difficult at times and a lot of sacrifices are made but it is college; it is not supposed to be easy, just a little more flexible.

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Katey M. - about 1 month ago

I have managed to work full time and juggle 8 kids and a boyfriend and still get my studies done. I will admit it is difficult at times and a lot of sacrifices are made but it is college; it is not supposed to be easy, just a little more flexible.

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Katey M. - about 1 month ago

I have managed to work full time and juggle 8 kids and a boyfriend and still get my studies done. I will admit it is difficult at times and a lot of sacrifices are made but it is college; it is not supposed to be easy, just a little more flexible.

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Kat - about 1 month ago

Kudos to you Katey...do you work 12 to 14 hours (or more) days at work and then come home and try to balance school and home life?? Not to mention, you stated that you have a boyfriend as well...that's fantastic that you have someone to help you out, as I do not have that luxury. I never stated that it was "supposed to be easy", just have the work a bit more "spread out" throughout the week.

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I attended Ashford for 7 years and never ran into any real problems. I have had advisors that would change my classes as I needed to so I could receive my Associates from CCAF first. I've heard several stories about pushy recruiters but I only dealt with one in that entire time frame and my advice on that is that you are a grown up so you don't have to let anyone push you into doing anything you're not sure about. I do not need much instruction but when I did need it the professors were there. I did have one professor that I never heard from but for the most part everyone did their job exceptional.

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Degree: Marketing, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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Ashford provided me with the opportunity to earn my degree while working a full time job, owning a business, and raising a family. This opportunity benefited me in so many ways beyond simply sharpening my job skills. Ashford gave me all the tools I needed to learn about business, marketing, government, ethics, logic, and a host of other topics. Classes provide a structure that motivated and intelligent students can follow to great success. I graduated with a high GPA and was happy to put the work in to achieve it. If you are trying to simply "get through" classes and be handed a diploma, this is not the place for you. If you lead a busy life but are willing to carve out the necessary time each week to earn an education, Ashford can make it possible. Classes are accelerated and cover a lot of ground but that is perfect for busy adults that are willing to put in the work. I just finished three years of one class right after another and while it took a lot of time and effort, it also provided me with the quickest path to a degree, which is exactly what I was looking for.

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Marques Jones - 28 days ago

I will be graduating in October 2015 with a Bachelors in Business Leadership and a minor in Human Resources Management. I can honestly say the asynchronous learning works for me. The flexibility of schedule is nice. If you are a procrastinator with poor time management skills I would not recommend Ashford University or any online college or university. Furthermore , if you do not write at a college level I would suggest taking a non graded course to improve your skills.I must admit when I read some of the weekly discussions I am perplexed and wonder how the student is passing. Since that information is confidential I would only hope that they are receiving the grade they deserve. With that said I am concerned with my work product, knowledge, effort, and grade. For the most part the instructors have been extremely knowledgable and helpful. I read most of the negative comments and I took most with a grain of salt. For instance, several complained about grading for last work turned in. I have some advice turn your assignments in on time. You are in college not grade school, you chose to attend and refuse to live by the set parameters. The bottom line is if you want a desired outcome put forth the required effort and take some personal responsibility. My experience has been wonderful.

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